Who is The GOAT? - A Handmade Costume Creation by Franki Zinke

in art •  last year  (edited)

Goats are those jumpy, flippity, wiggly creatures that love to climb all the things and go about life with a noble sure-footedness. As a totem of mine, I felt creatively inspired to embody this horned ungulate!

"The Goat" is a handmade - homemade theatrical costume which includes a cozy head with a movable jaw, fluffy tail, hoof feet and hoof hands. Legs, arms and torso are in the works (waiting for me in my "things to sew" bin). The eyes are resin-casted and painted with acrylics in a goatly style. There are stuffed faux leather horns (used the material from an old jacket), a polymer clay sculpted jaw/teeth, and pink suede tongue/ mouth lining/ inner ears. The base, or skull, is hand carved (with scissors) couch foam on a plastic batting frame build onto a baseball cap. Eye hole visibility is through black pantyhose material. I used high temperature hot glue and glued the edges of the fur right next to one another, no sewn seams. Though I did sew the tail, hand hooves and horns with a machine. The hoof fingers and hoof parts of the feet would made by friends over here: www.DreamVisionCreations.com . This is the 5th costume head I've created, the first being an Arctic fox with purple ears back when I was a freshie in high school. Most of the materials I use are upcycled fabrics and bits I find at second-hand stores.



These are a few character concept drawings I did:





Progress shots of the costume building in progress:








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VERY well made! Fine sewing art, you should be proud. :)

Thanks for checking it out @smithlabs I do take pride in my work, it is my passion to create art like this :D This mask is a blend of sewing and hot-gluing*

Impressively life like; they are top notch! Do you work from a sketch, or just make what is in your mind? Have you thought about movie props?

I do a bit of both, working from my mind and sketching~ I like to draw out different angles/ views of a creature I have in mind and then begin the construction. Before I get into designing a character, like the goat, I tend to draw up a whole page of goats from photo/life reference to become comfortable with the anatomy.
I have been inspired by movies like Legend and Pan's Labyrinth, and thought I could see myself creating for a full production at some point in my life, possibly even being a part of writing the story line! I have done a few costumes for theatrical and dance productions- including a 9 foot tall puppet.

You will get there, Keep after it, and maybe produce some videos to get out there. Who knows? Sure looks nice. Now all you need is an actor that is worthy onf the costume. :P

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